Obituaries
Obituaries

Gloria Vanderbilt, mother of Anderson Cooper, dies at 95

The news was announced via a CNN report voiced by Cooper. CNN reported that she died at her home and was suffering from advanced stomach cancer.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for operas, films and television, has died in Rome at the age of 96. Zeffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home at noon on Saturday.

‘Romeo and Juliet’ director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96

Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, famed for operas, films and television, has died in Rome at the age of 96. Zeffirelli's son Luciano said his father died at home at noon on Saturday.

James Gregory Slaughter, 70, retired Philadelphia School District principal

Mr. Slaughter received a scholarship from the Philadelphia Board of Education to study secondary education at Cheyney University and had a long career. Paying it forward, he generously contributed scholarship money to promising students through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

James Gregory Slaughter, 70, retired Philadelphia School District principal

Mr. Slaughter received a scholarship from the Philadelphia Board of Education to study secondary education at Cheyney University and had a long career. Paying it forward, he generously contributed scholarship money to promising students through his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.

Melvin Roger Scott, Jr., 93, Montford Point Marine and Vineland school teacher

Mr. Scott was among the first African Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps. Seventy years later, he went to Washington, along with his fellow recruits, to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

Melvin Roger Scott, Jr., 93, Montford Point Marine and Vineland school teacher

Mr. Scott was among the first African Americans to enlist in the Marine Corps. Seventy years later, he went to Washington, along with his fellow recruits, to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.
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Lew Klein, Philly TV pioneer and Temple icon behind ‘American Bandstand’ and Captain Noah, dies at 91

“Generations down the road will be — unaware or aware — affected because of the impact Lew Klein had on all of us,” said ESPN sports anchor Kevin Negandhi, a 1997 Temple graduate.

Oscar-nominated ‘Midnight Cowboy’ actress dies

Sylvia Miles, an actress and Manhattan socialite whose brief, scene-stealing appearances in the films “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely” earned her two Academy Award nominations, died Wednesday.

J. Marvin White, 69, certified public accountant

Mr. White retired in 2011 after a long career as a CPA. He was a devoted dad, and urged his daughters to "seize opportunities and break glass ceilings."

James H. Bryson, 84, businessman who become philanthropist, advocate for gay rights

Mr. Bryson built a successful insurance company. Then he became a philanthropist, supporting human-rights causes.

John N. Giacobbo, 84, of South Philly, longtime pediatrician

Dr. Giacobbo, a long-time pediatrician, cared for youngsters for more than 50 years.

Mary L. Walk, 54, social worker

Mrs. Walk found her niche in end-of-life social work and used her own health challenges to deepen her understanding of what her clients faced.

Former Phillies manager Frank Lucchesi dies at 92

Frank Lucchesi, who was the Phillies manager when they moved from Connie Mack Stadium to Veterans Stadium, died Saturday. He was 92 years old.

Patricia Morrissey, 49, restaurant and catering chef

A graduate of the Restaurant School, she was among the vanguard of female executive chefs in Philadelphia when she came up in the mid-1990s.

Vincent L. Gregory Jr., 95, former president and CEO of Rohm & Haas Co.

Mr. Gregory rose from humble beginnings as one of nine children growing up in Oil City, Pa., to become the head of a major chemical company. He never forgot his roots.

Kenneth I. Rosenberg, 72, longtime Philadelphia real estate lawyer

Honest and adept at setting up “win-win” deals that satisfied both sides in a negotiation, Mr. Rosenberg was a mentor and inspiration to colleagues at the firm.

Zelma Bynum Frisby, 92, retired welfare case manager and hotel proprietor

Mrs. Frisby was a skilled cook and baker. “Her sour cream pound cake is legendary and almost impossible to duplicate,” her daughter said.

Dr. John, funky New Orleans ‘Night Tripper’ musician, dies

The family of the Louisiana-born musician known as Dr. John says the celebrated singer and piano player who blended black and white musical influence with a hoodoo-infused stage persona and gravelly bayou drawl, has died

Gladys Palmer Bewley O’Brien, 96, former director of the Haddonfield Public Library

Mrs. O'Brien was the longtime director of the Haddonfield Library, where she served the public well, a former colleague said.

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